Hey YZ250F_Rider, Thumperkid250F had a very good question for you but he should have also asked what level rider you are? What class do you race and where do you usually finish.
I'm not trying to be a smart a$$, I'm quite serious. I've read some of the things you've said about the '05 YZ450 and I think we need to know your skill level and expertise to put your comments in proper perspective.
Here are two of your comments that caught my eye...
By then the other bikes have already left you.
we are racing sunday, I race oldfarts C
I haven't ridden an '05 yet so I can't comment on the power. This "Hit" thing is nothing new, Yamaha
has been going back and forth with their riding public (and maybe more so the magazines) for years trying to make the "perfect" power delivery. The '88 YZ250 had one of their best powerbands, good low end, a strong hitting mid and still had some overrev. The magazines (and some riders that couldn't handle the hard hitting power) complained because it came on too strong. For the next 5 years or so they kept "smoothing out" the power until the YZ250 was no longer the best motor. It took them a few more years to get the right tuning mix again.
My point on your skill was not to slam you whatever your level is, it's more like I said, to put your comments in perspective. One of the most important skills to any racer, be it cars, boats, planes or dirtbikes, is being able to give accurate feedback about what your particular racing vehicle is doing right or wrong. There is a very wide range of abilities when it comes to assessing what a vehicle is doing. My point is, on average (not everytime of course) a rider like RC or James Stewart is going to be WAY better at assessing what a bike is doing than let's say, the guy I work next to that's only ridden his WR250 twice in 3 years. We all end up somewhere in the middle of that range, some closer to an RC and some closer to the guy on the WR. Now if RC tells me the '05 YZ450 is a dog, I would be much more likely to believe him than if my friend with the WR says it's a dog.
Flame away but I'm just trying to make a point and put things in perspective. Like I said, I haven't ridden one and when I do I might be disappointed in it too. I kinda doubt it though.